Every time I think Haim can’t get more perfect, the band proves me wrong. And though my hatred of being wrong is deep, my love for Haim is even deeper — especially when it comes to celebrating their Jewishness.
This time, the iconic Jewish sister trio updated Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song” in a video shared on their Instagram, adding more contemporary Jews in pop culture to the mix like Rashida and Kidada Jones, Timothée Chalamet and Doja Cat. (Almost, like, has Haim been reading Alma?!? Este, Danielle and Alana please confirm!!!)
The sisters also added more current cultural references like the omicron variant and the death of Jewish composer Stephen Sondheim. They even made a cute reference to Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, where they played their first show, while also teasing that they might go on tour again.
Lyrics: “Maya Rudolph lights the menorah / so does Japanese Breakfast / and the Dessners do the hora / Guess who eats together at the famous Canter’s deli / Rashida and Kidada Jones, Eugene and Dan Levy / Doja Cat’s half Jewish, Chalamet‘s half too / put ’em together, what a fine lookin’ Jew! So don’t get omicronukkah on this lovely, lovely Hanukkah / RIP Stephen Sondheimukkah, we love you on this Hanukkah. If you really, really wannukkah, have a happy, happy, happy happy Hanukkah!!!”
The song is all part of their Instagram campaign “Haimukkah,” which celebrates Hanukkah with eight days of giveaways, fun content and announcements. In my view, what makes “The Chanukah Song (Haim’s Version)” so perfect is that not only does it honor and highlight their Jewish audience, who might be feeling bogged down by the huge push for Christmas, but also honors Adam Sandler and his effort to give Jewish kids something of their very own to sing around the holidays.
Sandler himself appreciated the tribute. He commented on their post, “Love you ladies! You are three badass jews! See you on tour!” You just love to see it.
With this — and Cobra Starship’s latest single “Party With Jews” — we have plenty of new songs to sing this Hanukkah. Chag/Haim sameach, indeed!